Graston Technique utilizes stainless steel instruments to break up adhesions or scar tissue in muscle. Muscles and tendons can develop soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation with activity, repetitive stress, over use, or acute trauma. Utilizing the Graston tools helps speed healing and recovery faster than stretching, massage, exercise, physical therapy, or chiropractic alone.
Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Hand Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Athletic Trainers have utilized Graston Technique to treat athletes for years. It can also be used on every day injuries associated with posture, headaches, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, rotator cuff syndrome, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, trigger finger, knee pain, IT Band syndrome, shin splints, or plantar fasciitis.
Graston Technique, ASTYM, and ART produce faster recovery times than traditional treatment alone. I strongly encourage patients to see providers who can incorporate these techniques into your therapy.
1. Trauma - Sudden accident. Stepped off a curb or fell off a ladder type of injuries.
2. Repetitive Motion Injury - Same motion over and over.
3. Improper Mechanics - Slouching at a computer makes muscles work harder to hold up your head, neck, and shoulders.
4. Aging - Years of wear and tear on the body ads up.
Scar tissue forms when the body lays down bad fibers. These bad fibers occur with any of the body's healing processes. However, with continuous repetitive stress scar tissue accumulates and becomes problematic. Some scar tissue forms between muscles everyday, but normal stretching and movement breaks it up. When scar tissue can permanently accumulate it creates fascial adhesions or "patches" that doesn't function like normal muscle or tendons.
When scar tissue limits movement it can contribute to many injuries or conditions, including headaches, nerve entrapments, back pain, sciatica, sacroiliac or back pain. It can also "grab and fish hook the nerves" such as in thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel, or ulnar tunnel syndrome. In some cases the pain nerves get caught in the scar tissue patches, which produces frequent pain.
Scar tissue also forms in tendons and muscle insertions. Because scar tissue is weaker tissue, it easily gets flared up with repetitive motion or mechanical stress. This is common in headaches, neck pain, IT Band Syndrome, or Plantar fasciitis.
With headaches, large patches of scar tissue accumulate in the trapezius, levator, and cervical paraspinal muscles. These are the "knots that never go away" or "the spots that always get sore first and lead to my headaches."
Graston helps to break up scar tissue and triggers the body's
normal healing process. The body then properly heals the weak
spots into normal tissue. This restores normal function of
the muscle and restores normal tendon strength.
Muscles are like the licorice pull and peels. One fiber is wrapped in a group of fibers called a fascicle. Each fascicle is wrapped in a group of fascicles to form a muscle bundle. All the fibers are wrapped in coverings called fascia.
Scar tissue can occur in any of these areas.
Massage is better at breaking up scar tissue between muscle bundles. Graston is better at breaking scar tissue between fascicle to fascicle.
In the end, any scar tissue that limits movement needs to
be broken up to restore normal motion. We combine massage
and Graston to break up all scar tissue that restricts movement.
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